The Grapevine

Wine Bottle Punts and Other Wine Facts

April 23rd, 2015

This week, a little fun reading for your wine shop clients: what’s the deal with punts and other fun wine facts. [level-members]

So, why do wine bottles have punts – those funny indentations – in the bottom? This article from VinePair offers a number of possible explanations ranging from probable to plausible to you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.

The punt being a glassblower’s method of ensuring that the bottle stands up seems pretty likely, but it’s also the most boring of the possibilities.

Punts making the bottles seem bigger than they are is just too cynical even for me. (Though I’d believe it if wine bottles were a more recent invention …)

Most interesting reason: punts prevented bottles from being fraudulently refilled.

As if that wasn’t enough fun, this cruise line offers a look at some of the more esoteric wine knowledge out there, from tastevins to the fact that the highest per capita consumption of wine in the world is in … the Vatican City. Read more here and share with your wine shop customers and digital fans and friends.